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Roads from Rio+20 Pathways to achieve global sustainability goals by 2050
Roads from Rio+20 Pathways to achieve global sustainability goals by 2050
Summary and Main Findings to the full report
PBL Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency
with contributions from
Overseas Development Institute (ODI), United Kingdom
Institute for Environmental Studies (IVM/VU), The Netherlands
Agricultural Economics Research Institute (LEI), The Netherlands
Roads from Rio+20. Pathways to achieve global sustainability goals by 2050 © PBL Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency The Hague, 2012 ISBN: 978-90-78645-98-6 PBL publication number: 500062001
Corresponding authors detlef.vanvuuren@pbl.nl marcel.kok@pbl.nl
Authors Detlef van Vuuren, Marcel Kok (eds), Stefan van der Esch, Michel Jeuken, Paul Lucas, Anne Gerdien Prins, Rob Alkemade, Maurits van den Berg, Frank Biermann (VU/IVM), Nicolien van der Grijp (VU/IVM), Henk Hilderink, Tom Kram, Claire Melamed (ODI), Philipp Paberg (VU/ IVM), Andrew Sco (ODI), Elke Stehfest, Bert de Vries, Dirk-Willem te Velde (ODI), Steve Wiggins (ODI)
Supervisor Pieter Boot
Contributors Lex Bouwman, Nicola Cantore (ODI), Sebastiaan Deetman, Martina Floerke (Kassel University), Bastien Girod, Maarten Hajer, Jan Janse, Koen Overmars, Hans van Meijl (LEI), Keywan Raihi (IIASA/Austria), PR Shukla (IIM/India), Stephan Slingerland, Andrzej Tabeau (LEI), Jasper van Vliet, Bas van Ruijven (NCAR)
The report clearly benefited from the cooperation between PBL and the OECD for the OECD Environmental Outlook (2012). The socio-economic projections and some of the ‚Trend‘ analysis in this report were based on those of the Outlook. Therefore, we are sincerely grateful to our colleagues from OECD and PBL who were involved in the Outlook. The report has also benefited from a collaboration with the Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI) Energy Assessment, together with the Brazilian Foundation for Sustainable Development (FBDS), African Climate Policy Centre (ACPC), Energy and Resources Institute (TERI), Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (COPPE), International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis, (IIASA), and the World Resources Institute (WRI). Reviews by Måns Nilsson (SEI) and Jerry Nelson (IFPRI) and Peter Hazlewood and John Talberth (WRI), feedback from the Dutch inter-ministerial Task Force Rio+20 and many colleagues within the PBL also have been greatly appreciated.
English editing Serena Lyon and Annemieke Righart Graphics Marian Abels, Filip de Blois, Allard Warrink, Johan Meyer Cover photo Renzo Gostoli/Hollandse Hoogte
Acknowledgements Some authors of this report contributed toProduction co-ordination UNEP‘s Global Environmental Outlook (GEO-5) PBL Publishers and have benefited greatly from interactions and joint work with other GEO authors on theLayout chapters on transformative change and global Martin Middelburg (Studio, RIVM) response. The indirect contribution of other GEO authors to this report is acknowledged withPrint appreciation. Van Deventer, ’s-Gravenzande
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PBL Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency is the national institute for strategic policy analysis in the field of the environment, nature and spatial planning. We contribute to improving the quality of political and administrative decision-making, by conducting outlook studies, analyses and evaluations in which an integrated approach is considered paramount. Policy relevance is the prime concern in all our studies. We conduct solicited and unsolicited research that is both independent and always scientifically sound.
This report was wrien in the run-up to Rio+20, the UN conference that will revisit the outcomes of its 1992 precursor. Rio+20 aims to set the agenda for sustainable development policies in the coming decade, with its focus on a next generation of sustainable development goals, a green economy and the reform of the institutional framework for sustainable development.
In 1992, governments agreed to work towards eliminating poverty while keeping global environmental problems within acceptable limits. Although progress has been made in certain areas, overall, the conclusion must be that we have failed to realise the vision that resulted from the 1992 Rio conference.
Could that vision still be achieved? This report analyses possible pathways to achieve a set of internationally agreed sustainable development goals for food, land and biodiversity, as well as for energy and climate. It explores how environmental and development objectives could be reconciled, in actual practice. Furthermore, it shows the level of effort that would be required to meet these goals, the possible pathways along which that could be achieved, as well as the synergies, trade-offs, and possible directions for policy-making.
However, the world has changed, enormously, since 1992. The lack of progress, so far, in combination with the level of subsequent effort that would be needed to meet
sustainable development goals, the current economic crises and the difficulties of coming to effective multilateral solutions may result in a sense of pessimism about what could be achieved in the future.
The urgency for progress towards a more sustainable development in view of human well-being and planetary stewardship requires prompt action. This leaves us with no alternative other than a pragmatic search for ways to go forward. We suggest a pragmatic approach that could be further developed into ‘roads‘ that lead us from the Rio conference into the future. This approach builds on the observation that many sustainability initiatives are being developed within civil society and by business community, and that a scale up of such initiatives, in itself, could be worthwhile. In this report, we look for new connections between policy, societal initiatives and learning. Our pragmatic approach includes converging on a shared vision for 2050, combined with
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